Sustainable-living household products that reduce our environmental footprint have become increasingly accessible. Here are four ways to create a more energy-efficient space that will not only save you money, but also the planet
1. START FROM THE TOP
The kitchen is one of the most frequently used spaces in the house. Understandably, with this high level of use comes an increased level of power, particularly from lighting up the room. Making the change to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can illuminate your space while reducing your energy usage. Going natural and utilising sunlight is still the best way to brighten your room and, if you’re able to do so, your kitchen will be all the better for it.
2. KEEP COOL
Refrigerators are one of the big purchases for a kitchen, and features such as energy efficiency, cost, size and extras including water dispensers or ice makers are important considerations. One fridge is always better than two for power use, but the bigger the fridge, the higher the energy consumption. Choosing the right size for your household’s demands will ensure all your cold goods are accessible in one location while not wasting space or electricity. Check out a refrigerator’s star rating to identify how energy efficient it is and to save your dollars.
3. GO WITH THE FLOW
Dishwashers are renowned for being a time saver in any household, especially for larger families. Utilising only a third of the amount of water used when hand washing, they are a great investment for a kitchen. To maximise this saving, the two rules are to operate your dishwasher only when it’s fully stacked and to scrape, not rinse, the dishes before stacking. Looking for higher star ratings is also a great indicator of the dishwasher’s effectiveness, but it has to be noted that it might be the eco wash function that wins the stars on the dishwasher, not the everyday wash.
4. THE GREAT OVEN DEBATE
Gas or electric? For most Australians, an electric oven is the option chosen for their home. Typically cheaper upfront and with a simpler installation, electric ovens can seem like a more economical option. But with power rates booming and electricity sourced primarily from burning coal, gas is actually more cost-effective and nature-friendly. The debate is complex and different options will suit different homes, but for now a gas oven’s efficiency and cleaner energy sourcing is the best green option. If renewable energy sources such as solar or wind become more accessible, electric ovens could become the more environmentally friendly option in the future.
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Originally in Luxury Kitchens & Bathrooms 17